The vision of crop dusters (actually helicopters) dive bombing Miami beach as tourists stretch out on the sand isn’t a pleasant one. Add that it is with a chemical Naled that has been banned in 22 countries in the European Union. But not to worry, the CDC, and the Surgeon General says it’s just fine. I would think if we can be mandated to “shelter in place” with a bit of police activity, this might be the time to mandate staying inside to reduce exposure and to make sure people are aware of the spraying at the least. As someone who lives part-time in Florida, I find it remarkable that we are and have been sprayed continuously without warning prior to any Zika virus, and everyone seemed to find it acceptable. Apparently now that spraying has come to Miami, a city, a question has been raised.
MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) — Dozens of protesters lined up in front of Miami Beach city hall as local leaders talked about a chemical causing debate in the Zika fight – Naled.
“This chemical was run out of Puerto Rico. It’s been banned in 22 European Unions and it’s the wrong message to be sent especially when you’re dealing with tourism here in Miami,” said business owner Chad Allison.
Mosquito control crews were set to spray Naled over Miami Beach, just like they did in Wynwood, starting Thursday but growing concerns from residents and local leaders prompted a delay.
“It came from the strong recommendation, from what we’ve been told, by the CDC, as well as the surgeon general, the Department of Agriculture and that decision, truly is solely made by the governor of the state of Florida,” said Levine on Tuesday.
Levine said he learned from the state on Tuesday through a news release that Florida Governor Rick Scott was mandating the spraying of Naled on the beach using its helicopters and its contractors – a decision that Mayor Gimenez is also supporting.
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